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History of the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. Book Published


On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Urban League of Hampton Roads will host a book signing and reception to celebrate the publication of “The History of the Urban League of Hampton Roads” written by Dr. Curtis T. Langley, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Urban Affairs from Norfolk State University. In the book, Mrs. Marquita B. Johnson states, “Dr. Curtis T. Langley’s work offers more than a chronology of strife, trial and challenge….he has captured the progression and ‘song’ of those who gathered, organized and inspired men and women of Hampton Roads Virginia and nationally.”

Dr. Langley specialized in methodology, race and ethnic relations, urban affairs and social disorganization. Much of his research has focused on the issues related to the quality of life, youth crimes, equity and sensitivity, and race related issues of minorities in the Hampton Roads Region. It was because of Dr. Langley’s extensive background that Edith White, President/CEO of the Urban League of Hampton Roads asked Dr. Langley to write the history.

Ms. White states, “Our goal was to document the rich history of the Urban League of Hampton Roads and to acknowledge all of the individuals who helped establish this Urban League affiliate and the many persons who served as board members, volunteers, supporters and staff that ensured the organization thrived in order to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families in the community.”

For more than 36 years, the Urban League has provided over 20 programs focused on enhancing educational outcomes, providing job training, improving the quality of health and assisting individuals in building wealth though savings and homeownership. The Urban League corporate office is located in Virginia Beach and services are also provided from satellite offices in Norfolk, Hampton and Portsmouth. Annually the Urban League serves 12,000 individuals and families.

The “Spring into Action” book signing and reception will be held Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Urban League of Hampton Roads Corporate Office, 5700 Thurston Avenue, Suite 101, Virginia Beach, VA, 6:30 pm. In order to attend you may register online at www.ulhr.org or call 757-673-0851 for more information.

To learn more about the Urban League, visit www.ulhr.org or call (757) 627-0864. You can support the Urban League by becoming a member, volunteering or making a contribution. 



The Urban League is of Hampton Roads is an affiliate of the National Urban League founded in 1910 in New York and is part of an affiliate network of over 95 offices in communities across the United States. More than 2.5 million people are served by the Urban League Movement.

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